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Integrity And How It Effects Me

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Integrity and How It Effects Me and Everyone Around Me
By AS2(AW) Matthew Schutte
Webster's dictionary defines integrity as "uncompromising adherence to a code of moral, artistic or other values; utter sincerity, honesty and candor, avoidance of deception, expediency, or shallowness of any kind" Let us exam this definition a bit deeper. The first part of the definition talks of uncompromising adherence. This means that one would always choose the "right" path, regardless of what seems to be more appealing. Take the example of when and when not to lie. A person of integrity would always tell the truth regardless of the situation. The second part of the definition deals with what to avoid. ...view middle of the document...

In the bible, It is quoted in Luke, chapter 6, verse 31, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. It is also known as the “Golden Rule”. That statement has become more and more true to me. Now even more than ever. It is a very good example of the power that integrity can hold. Integrity is a big part of everyone’s character. It is controlled by the values that we choose to have in our lives. Values such as honesty and a strong will should be one of the biggest portions of your character. A man named Dwight Moody once said, “Character is what you are in the dark.” You cannot see your morals, character, or integrity. These are only shown as your values. Someone could only show their own values, which are very important to themselves and everyone else. The way you show your integrity, character, and morals or how they are effect you in either a negative or positive way. There are many causes to how your values are. So as you know, integrity is very important and is important to have it. John Wooden, a retired basketball coach for UCLA once told his team, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” Back in the horse and carriage days everything you earned was based on your character and your integrity and it is still a big part of the society of today’s world.
In the military life you have to have good integrity or you will be labeled as un trustworthy or unreliable, and that can get you into a lot of trouble early on in your military career. If you are a supervisor of any kind, and you are dishonest or don’t have good integrity then how can anyone trust you to complete a task or take on an assignment and expect you to complete it? Every sailor starts out his or her career with unblemished integrity. It's up to that individual sailor to either maintain or tarnish that integrity. Once your integrity has been compromised, needless to say it is very difficult to regain it in the eyes of your peers. Doing the right thing won't exactly get you promoted there on the spot but it will give you a clean conscience and demand the respect of your peers. It's obvious that down the road this is much more important. All in all, integrity and "Doing the right thing" go hand in hand.
One of the most difficult tests of integrity is peer pressure. Everyone has been in a sisuation...

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